The Heath from Laois claim double All Ireland rounders success

Leinster Express Reporter

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The June Bank Holiday Monday was a memorable for the young boys and gilrs rounders teams of The Heath as they claimed double All Ireland success on home soil.

The club hosted the Under 13 Boy's & Girl's All Ireland Rounder Feile and home advantage proved to be a big advantage to the local sides.

The Heath's, An Fraoch were crowned Boy's champions. They lost their first game against Breaffy Mayo, but this only proved as a motivation for the rest of the tournament.

They saw off stiff competition from Cuchulainn of Carlow and local rivals Emo B and Emo A.

They ended up meeting some very familiar foes, The Heath in the final.

An Fraoch led by six going into The Heath's last bat however there was some real late drama. With two out and the bases loaded, Jack Keyes hit a massive home run for The Heath.

An Froach stayed calm however and retaliated with a rocket throw from John McNamara to Scott Booth on first base, leaving Tadgh Whelan with no where to go. An Fraoch became All Ireland Champions after a dramatic finish by 10-9.

It was a black and amber day, as The Heath girls made it two from two for the club..
They first faced Cuchulainn of Carlow, in a very close game winning by two.

Next up was last year's silver-medalists, Easkey of Sligo who they defeated 6-1.

The last group game was against Clonbroney of Longford and the girls from The Heath had a comfortable win. They then set their sights on the semi-final, pairing against 2016 champions Athenry of Galway.

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The girls hit hard from the start, with very few errors while fielding helping them secure a place in the final against last year's champions, Emo of Laois.

The local derby in the final was always going to be exciting particularly with neither side having lost a single game all day on their routes to the decider.

This was about to change for one team with an all improtant All Ireland title on the line. On the day, it was the The Heath who took charge from the start and they ran out winners by 16-6.